Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still no threat to land

Carlton Robbins
October 29, 2018

Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the Atlantic season on Sunday, but forecasters said it posed no threat to land, although Bermuda residents were told to expect rough seas in the days ahead.

At 1100 a.m. AST (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near latitude 27.3 north, longitude 48.4 west. Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour.

No coastal watches of warnings are in effect.

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The global models have come into much better agreement on Oscar's eventual recurvature and acceleration, and confidence in the NHC track forecast has increased. It was moving west at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. According to a forecast discussion, Oscar is moving over "sufficiently warm water" that would help make it stronger.

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